Ah such wise advice in the comments to my last post, thank you all for the chuckles, the empathy and the sensible suggestions.
Of course I am a stubborn mule (not persistent or devoted Webbo, just stubborn to the point of stupidity) so I didn't bin or donate the monster, nope I reworked it by chopping it up and sewing two lengths together and gave it to my friend. I can't believe I did it but in the interests of a full record of my knitting adventures I have to own up to the fact that I gave my poor friend the Stashbustrophe.
She actually seemed to like it (she does wear slightly odd things sometimes so there is a possibility that she wasn't just being polite, alright she was just being polite but she did it well!).
I know gifting it makes me a bad person, look at me wearing it - I HATE IT - but I just couldn't face not salvaging something, had nothing else to give and she does value hand made gifts above everything else so.... yep, I know, I must learn to know when to cut my losses - what is it about knitters, as Piglottie says, that makes us put in more and more effort to save the ill fated early effort? No more grim, financially sensible stash busting projects for me or my friends, I am only going to knit things that I love the idea of at the start so there is some hope I vaguely like the item at the end!
I shall make amends to poor J, I made her a butterscotchy lemon cake a la Yarnstorm to make the bitter pill a little easier to swallow
and I hereby pledge to make her some Christmas socks out of the precious Hummingbird Alpaca; here you go look at this rather than that DISGUSTING serape.
So anyway, enough of the bitter end of that project, and on to the sweet beginning of another gift knitting venture. This must be better than the last project - I like the yarn (Karaoke rather than Lopi) for a start so I should enjoy knitting it which will be something even if the FO is a binner rather than a winner ;o)